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14/01/2014 - 11:09 AM

Wide at NHM ii

Wide at NHM iiHi,

I see mixed lighting and temperatures, warm lights and colder ones.... quite a juxtaposition;
not to mention the architecture. I am intrigued by the steps of the climax/scala (sorry, can't remember the english name for it) on the background; they look diagonal !!!! ???? !!!!

One suggestion before the bravo part.....


08/01/2014 - 10:13 AM


KristinaHello Maya.

Happy New Year to you. I am not sure if your purpose was to display the jewellery or the top your model was wearing. I think you might have zoomed in too much, and this would be definitely the case if you wanted to show the skirt(?) she is wearing, the curve of her lower back is cut in a very unflattering place. Was she wearing stockings? Were the shoes part of the fashion assignment? All these parts would play a role in your final composition. I see the information of the camera says no flash used but it seems like she was lit by a single source of light. The inclusion of the white part of the building behind her is a questionable point I have not yet resolved but I think it is to be considered. As I have said in other cases, since I don't know the space you shot it I can not say if you had space to shoot it differently. I might had asked her, if there was space to the right of the frame, to go there, so I don't shoot the white wall behind her. Paul has made a comment regarding her right hand, it is difficult to understand what she holds, it might had been better if her hand was empty or she held a small handbag, or purse in black colour so it goes wel with her clothes. The model itself is a very confident woman in her good looks, the fact that she doesn't look at the camera emphasizes her admiration on her looks, the clothes and her appeal. This is well documented in your photograph, but I think a wider focal length to include more of her would do justice to her looks and the clothes. I can also suggest a small crop that stops the frame at the end of the shinny part of her skirt. It is just enough for showcasing the top part of her clothing and it is more than enough to make the male population to be stunned.

03/01/2014 - 1:31 PM

One of the city parts

One of the city partsGreat shooting angle, exciting play of shapes! Bravo

p.s. I could see that picture working even if rotated 90 degrees to the right, or being cropped square, around the bike stand, losing just the space on the left.

03/01/2014 - 6:47 AM


Session.Hello Totti.

Before any critique from anyone, you have all the time to evaluate the picture immediately after you shoot it. If you didn't like the fact that the door and the window were too close to each other, why didn't you go wider or stepped back a bit so there is more space around them? The matter of composition is an important part of any picture and most often it can be resolved by trying various angles and takes before you decide on your final image that will display the subjects as well as you like.

I do like your picture. I see a balance of muted colours assimilating around the beige/brown tones. Faded burgundy and grey match well together and then the striking light blue pops out, making a nice contrast. Bravo
28/12/2013 - 9:59 AM


DONE SAILINGHmm... it looks more like 'Done with sailing, who said that a career change in old age is bad?' I like your low perspective as it shows the scars of time much better than a higher viewpoint which would lack the sky filling the gaps. I think because the sky is a bit dull Sad a slight crop of the height, 1/14th of total height, almost at the middle of the thick dark-ish cloud just below the right corner, would make the tension of the dark boat even greater. The light on the sky is distracting our glance from the boat, your main theme, the lifelong working companion of the missing fisherman.

26/12/2013 - 1:27 AM

Morning in Central Park

Morning in Central ParkHi.

Despite being quite early I think the picture is overexposed. I would had chosen a faster speed not to allow too much light hitting the sensor. That would not only affect the bright areas but the colours as well, making them deeper. I have not got image manipulation software to verify my saying but I realise that the sky is too bright and not clearly blue but hazy; a horizontal crop which excludes 1/14th of the frame's height from the top, facilitates the spectator to focus in the variety of the colourful flora that your frame includes. The bridge is an interesting part of the frame, almost in the middle. People, walking or riding would have given this landscape picture a different tome, some more action, rather, compared withe the few and tiny ducks. A boat passing causing them to fly would have been another incident you could have waited to happen and shoot. With time you may develop the sense to learn to anticipate or plan what you want to shoot in a landscape. You might need luck for that, and time. I think you are in a good path.

23/12/2013 - 2:41 PM


BehindHello totti.

I appreciate what you have put together here, a wide selection of patterns and a human being. The picture could still hold some interest even without him and it would be also interesting in a black and white version.

Unfortunately for me, the human is being shot with either to slow or too fast speed, a faster speed would have freeze his movement and that would echo the well described patterns held in their eternal immobility, or go for an even slower speed where a more stretched human figure would appear. But it would all have to do with what you had clearly in your mind, what you wanted to make it look like. This seems to me you had not decided, you weren't sure what effect you wanted to capture. I respect hit and miss because it helps us learn by realising our faults. Had you shot any other people from the same spot using different shutter speeds?

p.s. Merry Christmas to you
20/12/2013 - 1:56 AM



I know you know the area very well so I suppose you have shot from the best point possible. If there was no building on the right side of the tree, though, I would have moved my camera to the left side of the frame and shoot the tree and nothing else. But this building may be the Town Hall and you'd like to include it. From an Aesthetic point of view the inclusion of the building is more than a distortion and it can be eliminated digitally. From a political point of view, this looks right, honestly. Only a devout Christian would have complained that it can't be for a snowflake to be on the top of the tree, it should be the Star topping the tree; the Star that guided the Thee Magi to the Nazareth and the Nativity. Regarding the angle I think it's not unusual to have leaning trees in Canada, banehawi would agree. Timbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!

Merry Christmas to you too.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)Hi.

I am using a laptop and that has as a result of the image to vary on colour intensity and brightness depending on the position of the screen, but hey I care to work in a setting that there is no lighting disruptions. Despite my conditions and in the presumption to accept your honesty I think that the heavy shade in the woodland might have been in a different pace all around you maybe but not on that branch. I see the branch and the bird well lit from direct sunlight which also has created shadows both of the tree trunk fold and the bird's foot. In almost all circumstances (of screen tilt) I find the picture too bright especially on the left side of the tree trunk and the bird's white chest.

Object is well separated form background and I like the hint of green on the left contrasting the red belly of the Dendrocopos on a diagonal.

17/12/2013 - 10:16 PM

Woodland Sun

Woodland Sunhi, beautiful colours... I am inclined to leave all of the sun out to focus on red, green , ochre at the bottom half of your frame. The focus point would still be this pile of branches.

14/12/2013 - 2:20 AM


MilicaO.k. I take you work with a flash unit attached.
This has done two things:
It has created a reflection of the flashlight in the pupil of her eyes, which is good (and black and white film never displayed a 'red eye' problem).
It has only produced light for the front of her hair and that doesn't separate her from the background.
May I suspect the flash head could be turned upwards a bit and then you could attach with a elastic band a white card or aluminium foil to spread the light above her head. A sideways light or a light at her back -even from a table-top lamppost - could have helped her separate her from the background.
I know that Zenit B didn't have a lightmeter on it. Good exposure there then. The composition suits the frame as it leaves space for a cartoon-like balloon to say'Hello' or 'Hold on please, the paparazzi follow me!'
Milica herself poses too seriously and this shows she had understood what you had told her to do or decided to folow your instructions.
It's good if you make children giving their attention to you, it is as fun to be funny (but safer with digital camera as bad pictures don't cost you as much as a bad film frame)
Does she hold a phone or a toy? It is not clearly visible. A photo of her talking to a banana might had been more playful and childlike and could show some irony or contempt for the adult world Tongue

Never mind the camera you work with or play with, the result is what it matters.
13/12/2013 - 12:15 PM


ProgressEvolution nicely framed.

The weather conditions at the time may have spoiled your picture at the heights of the tallest building on the right, grey-ness in distant atmosphere result in a less contrasting image. Would a square crop work? Maybe but the it spoils a visual link of the triangle sides of the pyramid end of the skyscraper with the prominent facade loft part.

I thought it was shot with the latest Sony R1, but this one still seems kicking some @ss (in 2009). Great quality.

13/12/2013 - 3:24 AM


DraganaHi Maya.

1) The frame looks to tall in comparison with Dragana, you could have hr in a square frame instead.
2) She appears in the middle but you could crop some space from her back and move it to her front so there is more space to look at.
3) Her right arm, now on the left of the picture, looks awkward being chopped and left hanging a better pose would have eliminated this, she coud have that hand to support her elbow, prepare your shots more carefully.
4) You might had needed something to reflect some light on teh back side of teh face which looks darker.

5) My counting has improved since last time. You have a Nice Christmas. Bye for now.
06/12/2013 - 11:45 PM

Air Conditioning

Air ConditioningLess is more/

Well seen and well lit. I don't know if you can manipulate the image but I would have croppe dthe photograph a biy from teh top to exclude the black thing close to the air condition. I would have kept just the aircondition and the leg. Totally surreal. Bravo.
27/11/2013 - 1:13 AM


PortraitWell taken.

But the smile is too posed. The sparkling eyes are in the middle of the frame, not bad, but is all the space above her head needed? YOu cana try to crop and see it it works.

Kind regards,
22/11/2013 - 1:01 PM


NikiHello Danita.

I would like to point some stylistic details you should be aware of when you work in a studio. The necklace jewellery is cut; care should be taken s it is brought higher by a quick knot at her back. The picture has an ambiguous purpose and that doesn't work on its favour. I would crop the lowest part so there isn't much contrast of whites (vest and bust) with the darker areas and we'd rather face on the face and head; it would have an oblong shape rather than a square but then it still carries the feeling of suffocation and troublesomeness.

Kind regards,
Waiting (34) - for the return of filmShivers! Tell me these won't be wasted!

I do shoot film, last month it was the first time I ever opened a canister too, hope the film wasn't destryed, as I did it in a dark room. Won't be long to take it to be developed, I'll find it fate soon.

The picture is superb in lighting, and focusing, I like the black and white treatment and although I look at 35mm canisters which produce a 3:2 aspect ratio I'd say the picture would have even stronger impact if it was made to look 1:1 square. A crop from left would leave a square tribute to Kodak.

Attention! Salutes and orders platoon to fire the shutters. Amen

05/11/2013 - 8:59 AM


FIFTEENWel done, the girl looks very beautiful and the square format and black and white option give the picture a retro yet timeless feel. The one improvement I would think as obligatory is the removal of the car parked on the left behind her. The removal of photographer on the right is optional.

Nice picture, bravo
21/09/2013 - 2:09 AM


stretchingHi. I don't now where exactly in this big city this building is but the construction looks like a work of 'cowboy' builders.

Your picture reveals an ever alert photographic eye which can pick opportunities that most would ignore. So far so good.

Raising the lens upwards to shoot the picture has created distortion. You can sort this with various software. Or cropping.

First vertical column of the left vanishes (and with it the 'widening'). Four rows from the top of the lamp go too. First row from bottom goes as well.

You are left with an 8 block square and a diagonal line: Alpha square and beta square equals gamma square. The sum of sides squared equals the diagonal squared. Pythagorean theorem.

19/09/2013 - 1:49 PM

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Pont Alexandre III, ParisHi, I am known to be friendly and I really want to help but I may to sound cynic at the same time although I don't want that to happen. I am not involved into brand wars either, each one has his or her preference and buys what suits their wallet. I shall offer my sensible advice but it may not heal this picture; I hope you find it useful though for future endeavours. I took a guess that the lens (and the camera) must be water sealed - I have not paid attention the metadata apart the timing of exposure and ISO (people who use film, like me, don't ask too much) - I didn't even notice the aperture-. I know only you used a canon camera as the first comment notes (as if this is bad). You had me wondering, was this picture taken handheld or on a tripod usinge timer delay? However it may had been taken it seems you mad hadn't had an umbrella with you or you. It may be the least spoken photographic kit you may have heard of but it is a pretty useful thing to carry around. You can hold your camera and fire with the right hand and you can use your left to hold an umbrella above your camera and your head, actually you can rest your camera on the first bone of your left thumb to level your frame and support the camera as the rest of the four fingers and the palm hold the umbrella.

Halfway typing this I came yo with this thought: Why not using the pitch black bottom part of the picture showing water to 'paint' the rest of the picture where it is needed? It may be a faster way to 'fix' the issue.

And since the issue was (or I hope/wish to be) resolved by the friendly members of this website, I felt like commenting on the picture itself. A feature of the picture that I find really impressive is the beam of light that comes from the Eiffel tower. I have never been to Paris myself it was just my dad who had visited over 30 years ago and never told me about it. Most pictures I had seen form the Eiffel tower were taken during daytime. I can't know either that the street lamps display yellow light (for foggy nights?) or white. Both options can be true. An option you could go for once the 'healing' issue is done is to make this picture black and white Smile It would look very nice.

A slightly cropped frame (from the left so that excludes the first lamppost from the left) could help th viewer focus on the light beam at the center of this frame. If I was to shoot it again though I would have the camera lifted slightly upwards and to the right so it gets the whole of the lights of the right lamppost; the detail of the statue recorded in your frame is superb.